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“What we want is for the amendment to be withdrawn” vs. “”What we want is the amendment to be withdrawn"

Is there any difference between: What we want is the amendment to be withdrawn. and: What we want is for the amendment to be withdrawn. ? If so, what does the for express in the second ...
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Meaning of “Any life will seem dramatic if you omit mention of most of it”

You remember it differently. You remember that the cold settled in stages, that small curve of light was shaved from the moon night after night, until you were no longer surprised the sky was ...
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Difference between two usages of “two kinds”

What is the difference between the following two sentences? A: I need two kinds of fuels. B: I need two kinds of fuel.
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Preposition as and in used

I am confused which one of the below sentences is correct. 1.Mohan works in the Hotel as a waiter. 2.Mohan works as a waiter in the Hotel.
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Questions about an article about India's space program [on hold]

In the following editorial I have some issues that I am not able to resolve: A Home in space (from The Indian Express) After the mission to moon and Mars and a proposed manned space flight before ...
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Would have been beeping

I would just like to know if this is idiomatic? If that machine were broken, that would have been beeping since I turned it on.
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The meaning of “you catch the oar-thresh,” etc

But in a little time we shall run out of the portholes as the water runs along the oarblade, and though you tell the others to row after us, you will never catch us till you catch the oar-thresh ...
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Does “would have submitted” (modal and past participle) have any sense of perfect aspect?

I've always thought like that 'have' between a modal and a past participle is nothing but a grammatical method of indicating the past tense of modal. But recently I saw a video saying that in the ...
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What does “Keep your bodily fluids to yourself” mean?

You’re a crazy Feeling Brain– piloted meat robot just like the rest of us. Keep your bodily fluids to yourself, please. I know the main structure is: keep something to yourself and it means do not ...
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is these two sentences equal in meaning?

I want to know if the following two sentence is equal in meaning. If not, what is the difference? The sparrow was the highest bird of all The sparrow was the highest of all the birds
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What does “force oneself” mean in this context?

I read this in in the book, "Word Power Made Easy" which was: As in the case of the charitable-looking dowager who was approached by a seedy character seeking a handout. 'Madam' he whined, "I ...
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Am I correct about possessives?

1 When you say about a bird in general, you say "This is a feather of a bird", you can also say "This is a bird's feather". a. So when you say "These are feathers of a bird", so will you say "These ...
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correct comma usage with lists

All content is copyright to the their respective owners, the webmasters claim no ownership and receive no financial gain for this site This police officer is truly deserving of this award, he had ...
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How to express “a person who talk really quickly & carelessly” in English?

When I teach English to some children and adults, I realize that some speak slowly but carefully and make less mistakes whereas some speak really quickly, carelessly and make more mistakes. Can I say ...
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died from/ died of

Why can't I say “she died from drinking 18 cans of Coca-Cola”? Instead, the correct sentence would be “she died of drinking 18 cans of Coca-Cola”. Why does that happen?
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Meaning of “up” in “clean up after yourself”

What does the adverb up in the idiom: Clean up after yourself. mean ?
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Interpretation of Epithet in English

Epithet is an adjective or adjective phrase appropriately qualifying a subject (noun) by naming a key or important characteristic of the subject, as in "laughing happiness," "sneering contempt," "...
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Is this a double copula? And is the grammer correct? Sentence structure: What is …, is that …

The sentence I'm struggling with is: 'What is elegant about this transpose operation, is that we can take transposes of entire blocks.' I found something about a double copula at wiki double copula, ...
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Why is “I stayed playing videogames all night” wrong?

One of the definitions of the word stay is: to continue doing something, or to continue to be in a particular state: stay open/closed The shops stay open until 9 o' clock. I was talking to ...
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Turn the bike/turn the bike around

When someone is turning the bike,what will be a natural way to say that ( not left or right but around). Do you know how to turn a bike? Do you know how to turn a bike around? What sounds ...
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Check that returned status is STATUS_FAILED

Below is an excerpt from a test documentation for some concrete function: Specify incorrect input parameters for the function Make a call to the function Check that returned status is ...
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Don't repeat pronouns with relatives and personnal?

I am doing an English homework, which consists in describing a process of actions. I would like to say: " The US are the worlrd leader in technology. The Japan only beats them in science, but there ...
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Using ('s) when describing object usage

Which sentence is correct? We prefer Chrome because it is the most widely used browser. As of 2019, Chrome usage is 50% Or, We prefer Chrome because it is the most widely used browser. Chrome's ...
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capital or small letter in the first letter after a term definition double colons

If I am using double colons to define a term, shall I start the first letter after it with capital or small? Example: Top-websites: Websites that are visited by more than # users each day. Or, ...
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cause you to sleep late or affect your rest

The situation is, I phone somebody in his evening and I feel sorry because it's late. In my mother language, there's an expression like, "Sorry for causing you to sleep late" or "Sorry for affecting ...
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Meaning of “homology” in this context?

Touraine is a region in France where supposedly the purest French is spoken. You go for a visit to check it out. At the edge of a forest, a remnant of a thickly forested Gaul, you meet a man who ...
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“is it a he or a she?” question correctness

When I am in the middle of a meeting and the discussed name is not clear if it is male or female I usually hear the question "is it a he or a she?", is that a correct way to ask for the sex of a ...
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Meaning of “one bit glinting more than the rest”

People liked the idea of our being together, leaving the city for the country. So many people visited, and the fireplace made all of them want to tell amazing stories; the child who happened to be ...
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The usage of word that can be both plural and singular

Words such as Infantry and Cavalry according to Oxford Learner's Dictionary can be both singular and plural. Here is a specific example from their site. The infantry was/were guarding the bridge. ...
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Coordinating Conjunctions + Conjunctive Adverbs

1- Alexander II was an obscure commander but nevertheless interesting Scottish king. (Full version: Alexander II was an obscure commander but nevertheless Alexander II was an interesting ...
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Should you use a plain/continuous verb after a past continuous one? E.g. 'I was feeling the fear rise/rising up…'

As an example to illustrate my question: I was feeling the fear rise up, trying to stop me, when... I was feeling the fear rising up, trying to stop me, when... I'm not sure what this type of ...
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What exactly is a suit of armor?

The two pertinent words are easy enough to understand: suit: thing that covers people or maybe animals, like clothes armour: surface which by design is hard to penetrate and so protects what's ...
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Does “Process up” exist in English?

I will leave her alone for now so that she can process things up. I think for a sentence like this one, "process up" makes a suitable fit. I assume it means "absorb", but I didn't find it used ...
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Should there be a comma in this context?

Louis XIV, the Sun King Thor, the God of Thunder In this kind of structure, should there be a comma before its nickname?
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Is this sentence grammatically correct? If not, why so? [on hold]

Without science, neither many medical conditions nor mental disorders could be treated.
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Understanding the definition of “preposition”

In my grammar book definition of preposition is given as follows: A preposition is a word placed before a noun or a pronoun to show in what relation the person or thing denoted by it stands in ...
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Is “swinging left and right” idiomatic?

Is "swinging left and right" idiomatic? Swinging means "to move laterally". I am not sure if I am wrong, but it just doesn't sound right and I don't imagine the phrase being used in a novel, so is ...
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Functions of participle clauses?

I don't understand the function of participles in these sentences below. 1- She fled with her children, ending up in a shelter. (Does the action of the main clause( "fleeing") happen at the same ...
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Will or going to? [duplicate]

Liverpool players are skilled, they are going to win/will win the match. Which of these is the best answer ? I think that the best answer is will. What’s your opinion?
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two weeks out of / (away from) / off the surgery

I'd like to know which of the following is correct, and if all are, what the difference is. John is two weeks out of / from / away from / off the surgery. I'd appreciate your help.
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Using correct auxiliary verb

In the following sentence The mass protests in Hong Kong this week against an extradition Bill the city legislative council is planning has brought the focus back on the difficult relationship ...
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each holding strange and new thoughts

Am I right if I understand 'each holding strange and new thoughts' as 'each was strange and each have new thoughts' or maybe 'each have strange thoughts and new thoughts? Also could you explain gramma ...
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I spilled some powder detergent on the floor

I know that "spill" will sound natural with "liquid detergent". But will it sound natural with "powder detergent"? I spilled some detergent on the floor. (It is a "powder detergent", not a liquid ...
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“To treat someone as property” or “to treat someone as a property”?

"He treats his dog as property." or "He treats his dog as a property." I suspect that the former is correct, is it?
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'~ and many more.' vs. '~and much more.'

We have a grammar rule here. 'many more + a countable noun' and 'much more + an uncountable noun,' Right? But how about '~ and much more.' in the following sentence? Is it grammatically correct to ...
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Converting “Give my best to Alex” into indirect speech

Suppose somebody told me: "Give my best to Alex". How do I convey this to Alex (i.e., transform into indirect speech)? I think something like "Sue gave her best to you" would be okay, but when I ...
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How different, has closed VS has been closed?

The cafe has closed The cafe has been closed Two of the sentences have same meaning?
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Can you help me explain this?

1 When I say "This is a pig's trough.", so is the word "a" describing or attached to "pig" or "trough"? 2 When I say "This is the pigs' trough.", so is the word "the" describing or attached to "pigs" ...
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“Noun1+Preposition+Noun2” VS. “Noun2+Noun1”

If i want to write sentences such as the following ones, 1 Some people value the beliefs in respect. 2)The president gave him an approval to the policy. 3) there is a demand for water in some poor ...
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“A task often beyond our *skill*.” - why singular?

I am reading the book "How to Live 24 hours?" and am wondering why skill in the following sentence is singular. We are obliged by various codes written and unwritten, to maintain ourselves and our ...

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